Friday, September 20, 2013

Best Import to Florida for Terrier Work

The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat.

The rat can grow to a weight of 3 to 8 pounds, and is now found in the wild on Grassy Key near Marathon. The rats are omnivores and could end up being major predators of birds eggs, and if the rat makes it to the Everglades, there will be no stopping it.

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